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Univ.Prof.Dr.Kurt WIDHALM

Univ.Prof.Dr.Kurt WIDHALM

Name: Kurt M. Widhalm,

Born: 02.02.1946 at Linz

Citizenship: Austrian

Parents: Prim.Dr.Kurt Widhalm, Chief, Pediatric Dept. Hospital Linz Gertraud Widhalm, nee Mader

Marital status: married with Mag.pharm.Renate, since 1974; 3 Sons (Prof. born 1976, Priv.Doz. born 1978, MMag.Kurt born 1986)


  • 1964: Graduated at Academic Gymnasium Linz, with honors;
  • Jan.1971:, Univ.Vienna;
  • Nov.1977: Board Certification: Pediatrics ("Facharzt für Kinderheilkunde")
  • Jan.1998: Board Certification: Clinical Chemistry ("Facharzt für medizinische und chemische Labordiagnostik")

Brief Chronology of Employment:

  • Feb.1971-May 1973: Dept.of Physiology, Univ. Vienna
  • 1973-1992: Dept.of Pediatrics, Univ.Vienna
  • 1992-1994: Director and Head of Internal Dept. Mautner Markhof Childrens Hospital Vienna
  • 1994-Sep. 2011: Dept. of Pediatrics, Med. Univ. of Vienna

Academic Career:

  • Since 1974: Head of Outpatient Clinic for Obesity, Feb.1978: Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics; Specialized for Lipid Disorders and Nutrition Counseling
  • 1980: Assoc.Prof.of Pediatrics ( Univ. Dozent)
  • July 1986: Professor for Pediatrics
  • 1987: Head of the "Academy of Clinical Nutrition" of the Austrian Nutrition Society and of the Physicians Board of Vienna
  • 1.1.1988-1992: Director of the Austrian Screening Program for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (incl.Treatment Program), located on the Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ.Vienna
  • 15.10.1992: Director and Head of Internal Department of the Mautner Markhof Children's Hospital, Vienna
  • 1994: Professor for Clinical Chemistry
  • 1995: Professor for Pediatrics, Dept. for Pediatrics, Univ.Vienna
  • 1997: President Austrian Academy for Medical Nutrition
  • 2003: Full Professor for Clinical Nutrition and Head of Dept.

Nutrition and Metabolism:

  • 2011 Oct.: Retirement of the Med Uni Vienna (still responsible for the lectures in Clinical Nutrition, for diploma studies, etc.)
  • 2012: Appointment at the PMU Salzburg (within the EU Project: Beta-Judo as Principal Investigator)
  • 2012: Start of the Prevention Project in Viennese Schools (sponsored by Österreichischer Herzfonds)

Foreign studies:

  • May/June 1975: Clin. Institute for Research on Myocardial
  • Infarction, Med.Clinics, Univ. Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Oct.1977: Lipid Res.Clinics, Dept.Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, Md. (Prof.Dr. P.O.Kwiterovich)
  • May 1982: Invited Tour Speaker, American.Ass.Clin. Chem., (15 lectures in USA)
  • Oct.1983: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Dept.of Biochemistry, Section Lipids, Nutrition and Metabolic Dis.
  • Oct.1985: Children's Hospital Melbourne
  • Oct./Nov.1988: University Riberao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • Jan.1992: Inst.for Genetic Diseases, Academy of Science, Moscow

Military Service:

July/August 1976

Committees and Boards:

  • Secretary of the Austrian Society for Pediatrics (1982-86)
  • Council Member and Vice President (1992-96) of the Austrian Society for Nutrition (1990-2000)
  • President Austrian Medical Academy of Nutrition (since 1997)
  • President of the Austrian Lipid Society (until 1994)
  • Member of the Health Council of the City of Vienna (1991-1999)
  • President of the Federation of European Societies of Nutrition (FENS) 1995-99
  • President European Childhood Obesity Group (2003-2007)
  • President European Association for Research in Obese Children (EAROC, since 2007)
  • Vice President of the European Academy of Nutritional Societies (since 2014)


  • More than 400 scientific papers in high ranking international journals
  • In the last year 2 papers in Nature etc. (see PubMed)
  • Member of many international scientific committees.